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TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

More than $20 Million in Scholarships Awarded Last Year

Scholarships Make Tuition Even More Affordable

Great news! Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus our own suite of scholarships, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.

Get Started in Two Simple Steps

Step 1: Apply for Admission

To be considered for WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student1. Please complete the admissions application and work with your Enrollment Counselor to move through the admissions process.

Step 2: Apply for Scholarships

To access the scholarship application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you after Step 1. You are eligible to apply for scholarships 90 days before and up to 30 days after your degree start date.2

1 Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.

2 Completing a current aid year FAFSA is required if eligible to submit the FAFSA. If you are ineligible to apply for federal aid via the FAFSA, you will still have opportunity to be considered for WGU scholarships.

Grants & Scholarships

This is an exclusive scholarship available to WGU alums who are interested in pursuing a master's degree. 

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For EMTs, police, firefighters, corrections officers, dispatchers, and their spouses.

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For individuals who are ready to ramp up their careers, show what they have to offer, and take the lead in their chosen field. 

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For students who want to pursue an education at WGU and learn where they live. Scholarship applicants must live in a rural area of the U.S. as is designated by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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For the child or spouse of a WGU grad who desires to experience their own WGU journey.

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Master your future with a master's degree from WGU.

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Make the new year your NOW year. Now is when you take your next step and earn your degree. Now is the time to apply for a scholarship. Start today by applying for admission and a 2024 New Year Scholarship.

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A scholarship to provide a device, internet access, and a webcam to students who might not otherwise has internet access. 

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Multiple grants will be awarded to individuals who do not have access to traditional state and federal funding–such as Pell Grants and students loans.

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For rural residents who want to complete their college education but were previously unable to because they lacked access to internet service.

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A scholarship for readmission students who are determined to finish their WGU degree. 

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For adult learners who are facing significant financial barriers in pursuing a WGU degree.

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For Denver Public Schools (DPS) paraprofessionals who want to pursue a WGU degree that leads to teacher licensure.

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WGU has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to help AmeriCorps alumni finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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WGU is pleased to offer the WGU Collaborative Agreement Scholarship to new students or returning graduates. These scholarships, each valued up to $2,500, are designed for employees of WGU’s partner collaboratives that are seeking to advance their education in any of WGU’s four colleges.

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For graduates and staff of WGU partner community colleges looking to earn a WGU bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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For WGU students affiliated with one of our community outreach partners that are seeking to obtain a Bachelor's degree in any of WGU's four colleges.

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For financial members of the nine historically Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs) that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

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For employees of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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For employees and members of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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The National Society for Leadership and Success WGU Chapter Student Scholarship Fund is offering awards worth $500 for one term to individuals who are exemplifying leadership and equity, inclusion and diversity in their communities and beyond.

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For motivated Phi Theta Kappa members with an associate's degree who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.

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For Red Cross employees and volunteers who are new WGU students that want to earn a WGU bachelor's or master's degree.

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For members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. who are pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU.

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This scholarship is for employees of eligible WAFC partner companies.

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WGU is pleased to offer the Changing Lives through Healthcare Scholarship. These scholarships, each valued at up to $2,500, are for students enrolled in select bachelor's and master's programs from WGU's Leavitt School of Health.

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For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in Health & Nursing.

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Through the generosity of the DaVita Giving Foundation, WGU is offering scholarships to help remove financial barriers and support Leavitt School of Health prelicensure nursing students in Start Early, a program co-created by DaVita Kidney Care and WGU to help increase nursing degree completion nationwide.

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Through the generosity of the DaVita Giving Foundation, WGU is offering scholarships to help remove financial barriers and support Leavitt School of Health nursing students. The DaVita Nursing Clinical Support Scholarship is a program co-created by DaVita Kidney Care and WGU to help increase nursing degree completion nationwide.

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Through the generosity of the DaVita Giving Foundation, WGU is offering scholarships to help remove financial barriers and support Leavitt School of Health prelicensure nursing students. The DaVita Prelicensure Nursing Clinical Support Scholarship is a program co-created by DaVita Kidney Care and WGU to help increase nursing degree completion nationwide.

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The Dr. Julie Aiken Hansen Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial support to brand new nurses, clinical providers, and nursing educators entering the field.

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For new MSN or health leadership students at WGU who display the spirit and commitment to leadership exemplified by Linda Knodel.

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In honor of Margaret McClure,  a champion of the value of higher education in nursing, this scholarship is offered to students who have demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

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For employees of WGU’s partner hospitals and healthcare organizations who wish to advance their education to become educators, managers, and leaders in vital healthcare fields.

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A donor-funded scholarship that will support students pursuing a Business degree at WGU.

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For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in Business.

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For Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) members who are looking to add a bachelor’s or master’s degree to their résumé.

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Western Governors University is pleased to announce the Speed of Business Scholarship (worth up to $3,000) that can be applied toward any of WGU's School of Business degree programs.

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For Black, Latina, and Native American (BLNA) women wanting to build or grow tech-focused careers. 

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For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in IT.

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Gain the skills and credentials you need to build a strong career in cybersecurity with a bachelor's or master's degree from WGU.

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For students earning or advancing their careers in Information Technology. 

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For aspiring teachers, this scholarship can be applied toward any of WGU’s Teachers College degree programs leading to teacher licensure.

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For eligible students who are pursuing either BAES or MEDETID degrees

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For paraprofessionals to help in overcoming some of the financial barriers that often prevent them from pursuing their dreams of becoming teachers. Scholarship recipients will receive $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, with an additional $2,500 stipend for the student teaching term.

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For the men and women who work in America’s K–12 schools and districts who desire to earn a WGU bachelor's or master's degree.

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For prospective teachers who want to earn their teacher certification and current educators ready to advance their careers.

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For active-duty military, designed to help fill the gap between tuition assistance benefit amounts and WGU's tuition. 

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For members of Gold Star Families who desire to earn a WGU degree.

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WGU offers active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses an opportunity to advance their education.

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For spouses of active duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists.

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Common Questions About Scholarships

Most scholarships are for new students and returning graduates (unless otherwise noted). Eligible students must complete the scholarship application 90 days before and up to 30 days after the program start date. Current students may apply for funding they are eligible for at any time after their first term is completed. WGU employees and family members who are eligible for the WGU employee discount are not eligible for WGU scholarships.

An eligible student can receive one WGU scholarship award per degree. In the event that a student qualifies for multiple WGU scholarships, the scholarship committee will consider each opportunity and will then select which one to award (if any).

It depends on the specific criteria for the scholarship fund. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • The quality of your scholarship application responses
  • Financial need is also a strong consideration for most of our scholarship funds

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other academic history. We encourage you to apply.

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within 8–10 weeks of receiving your application. You will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

No. New and returning student scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Yes, you should also apply for federal financial aid by filling out a FAFSA. Most scholarships at WGU require a FAFSA on file unless you are not eligible to apply for federal aid. If awarded a scholarship, that amount will likely only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. Here is the full information on financial aid.

WGU is partnering with Scholarship Universe (SU), a third-party scholarship aggregator, to help you identify and apply for scholarships based on information included in your SU profile. The information you enter into the SU platform will be governed by ScholarshipUniverse's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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State Scholarships

WGU ARIZONA PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)
Application Deadline: 12/31/23

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Arizona who want to further their education at WGU. 

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WGU COLORADO ROY ROMER OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Colorado who want to further their education at WGU. 

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WGU IDAHO PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Idaho who want to further their education at WGU. 

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WGU’s 11th Anniversary in Missouri Scholarship ($10,000) 
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

This year marks WGU’s 11th anniversary in Missouri. What better way to celebrate than to offer Missourians the opportunity to apply for a special scholarship. 

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MONTANA PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Montana who want to further their education at WGU.

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WGU NEBRASKA PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Nebraska who want to further their education at WGU.

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Scholarships specific to this state are currently unavailable, but please check other active scholarships from the list above. Thank you! 

CLEVELAND CLINIC CAREGIVER SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)
Application Deadline: 12/31/24

For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a health, business, or information technology program.

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FINISH TO GO FURTHER WITH WGU TEXAS SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

To help more students reach their goal of finishing a college degree.

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WGU TEXAS TRAILBLAZER SCHOLARSHIP ($5,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

WGU Texas is proud to announce the Texas Trailblazer Scholarship in honor of the 8,000+ Texans that made the decision to complete a college degree.

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RURAL WEST TEXAS ONLINE ACCESS SCHOLARSHIP (Varies)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

As part of a generous gift of grant funding through the Greater Texas Foundation for rural west Texas students at WGU, we are pleased to offer the Online Access Scholarship to students who reside in qualifying counties.

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WGU WEST TEXAS TRAILBLAZERS SCHOLARSHIP ($5,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

WGU has partnered with the Greater Texas Foundation to offer the West Texas Trailblazers Scholarship, valued at up to $5,000.

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IBARRA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP (VARIES)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For Utah residents pursuing a WGU degree (preference will be given to those with Mexican/Latino heritage).

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WGU UTAH PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Utah who want to further their education at WGU.

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Pathway to Become a Teacher Scholarship ($5,000)

Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For new students or returning graduates the opportunity to further their education at WGU.

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WGU WASHINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000)
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

For graduates from a community college in Washington who wish to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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Scholarships specific to this state are currently unavailable, but please check other active scholarships from the list above. Thank you! 

Thank You to Our Donors

Scholarship opportunities are made possible in part by the generous support of many companies, foundations, partner organizations, and individuals, including WGU alumni, faculty, and staff. Learn how donors can make a difference at WGU.